University of Tubingen

  • Wood tar used by Neanderthals as a glue to construct tools didn't require as complex a process as once thought.
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    Under the right conditions, DNA can last for thousands of years. RNA, on the other hand, degrades much more quickly and was thought impossible to recover in older samples. But now researchers have isolated and sequenced the RNA of a 14,000-year-old wolf found frozen in the Siberian permafrost.
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    Fossilized human skulls found in a cave in Greece may force a rewrite of the human migration timeline yet again. Archaeologists have dated one of the skulls to about 210,000 years old – roughly 150,000 years older than the previous record-holder for earliest modern human remains in Europe.
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    One of the most important transitions in human history was when we stopped hunting and gathering for food and settled down to become farmers. Now, to reconstruct the history of one particular archaeological site in Turkey, scientists have examined the salts left behind from human and animal pee.
  • It's generally accepted that humans originated in Africa, but new studies may paint a different picture. By examining fossils of early homini​ns, researchers have found that humans and chimpanzees may have split earlier than previously thought, and this may have happened in Europe, not Africa.
  • According to the WHO, malaria was the cause of almost 430,000 deaths in 2015. A new vaccine that introduces live malaria parasites into the bloodstream has just undergone clinical trials in humans, and been shown to provide long-term protection with effectiveness of up to 100 percent.
  • A new artificial intelligence software is allowing videogame characters learn from one another in human-like ways by observation, imitation and communication, in a development that could aid driving assistance or robots that perform complex actions on very little human instruction.
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    Contrary to prior assumptions about the vision system, scientists have shown that the pattern of neural activity for a given scene changes fundamentally when the brightness of the environment increases or decreases – even within the same luminance range.